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Working with linux-next

The linux-next tree is the holding area for patches aimed at the next kernel merge window. If you're doing bleeding edge kernel development, you may want to work from that tree rather than Linus Torvalds' mainline tree.

Initial set up

If you haven't already done so, first clone a copy of the mainline Linux Git repository:

    $ git clone https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git
          # or: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git
    Cloning into 'linux'...
    ...

Then add a remote tracking branch for linux-next:

    $ cd linux
    $ git remote add linux-next https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/next/linux-next.git
                          # or: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/next/linux-next.git

Fetch linux-next plus tags

    $ git fetch linux-next
    ...
    $ git fetch --tags linux-next
    ...

Regular tracking

Update linux-next:

    $ git checkout master      # to be safe
    ...
    $ git remote update
    ...

List (recent) linux-next tags:

    $ git tag -l "next-*" | tail
    next-20140612
    next-20140613
    next-20140616
    next-20140617
    next-20140618
    next-20140619
    next-20140620
    next-20140623
    next-20140624
    next-20140625 

Choose the linux-next version that you will work from, and create a local branch based on that version:

    $ git checkout -b my_local_branch next-20140625
    Switched to a new branch 'my_local_branch'